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August 15th, 2010
04:08 PM ET

Series on Jesus pulled from Lebanese TV after uproar

CNN producer Amir Ahmed filed this report:

An Iranian-made television series about the life of Jesus Christ stopped broadcasting Friday on Hezbollah-linked Lebanese stations after Christians complained that the series “misrepresented” Jesus, the state-run Lebanese News Agency reported.

The biopic portrayed the Muslim view of Jesus as a prophet, while Christians generally regard him as the son of God. Some Sunni Muslims also objected to the Iranian series because it showed someone playing the role of Jesus; Most Sunnis prohibit representation of prophets.

Christian groups held a sit-in at Beirut’s Catholic Center on Friday and denounced the broadcast of the TV series "The Messiah" on al-Manar and NBN channels, NNA reported.

In response to the “objecting voices of popular delegations,” both stations announced in a statement their decision to stop broadcasting the show on Friday, saying they wanted to prevent “any attempt at employing the show to serve some negative aims.”

NNA reported that al-Manar’s Information Committee Head and parliamentarian Hassan Fadlallah decided to stop the series from airing on Thursday, but did not make it public until Friday.

The news agency added that al-Manar consulted with parliamentarian Hassan Fadlallah on the decision and reportd the channel decided to pull the series “in spite of the fact that it underwent general security and religious authorities' control with no objection to the content.”

The reaction to airing the controversial show was “mainly due to the discrepancy between the script and the story of Jesus Christ as accepted by the Catholic Church,” the news agency reported.

"The Messiah" was originally released in Iran as a big screen movie in Iran in 2008. It was later adapted for television as a series and dubbed into Arabic to air last week during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The controversy enraged some Lebanese Christians, causing a political uproar that had Lebanese Information Minister Tarek Mitri spending hours contacting various parties in “a bid for tranquilly, the government-run news agency reported.

Religious tensions are common in Lebanon, with various Christian and Muslim groups vieing for power in the country’s political and social establishments.

View a clip of the series here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Lebanon • Middle East • TV

soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. TurkeyBurgers

    There is absolutely ZERO historical Evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was even a real person. In all likely hood the entire story is fictional. The authors who first wrote anything about him wrote about this supposed person close to 70 years after it happened. NONE of the 4 authors had EVER met Jesus.

    Jesus is fictional and a Myth just like Zeus. The main thing all of your religions have in common is fiction. The Koran and the Bible both belong on the shelf next to Zeus. Enjoy playing make believe and talking to yourselves.

    Isn't it time to grow up and stop playing make believe? Stop believing in Imaginary friends? We are waiting patiently for you to join us in the land of Science and Experimental Evidence.

    August 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  2. kathie

    funny how they had no problem pulling it because they don't want to "upset christians" but the same tv stations make no apologies for running BASELESS LIES about Jews. Whole mini series have been showed that do nothing but spread lies and hate about Judaism and that never gets pulled....

    August 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
    • NVO

      Not to worry, Biblically speaking Satan has always stood against the Jewish people=1Chronicles 21:1, but the Jewish people are God's chosen people=Deuteronomy 7:7. Satan has always hated the Jewish people because God loves them so much. Who cares what these secular fools have to say? They WILL meet their God=Amos 4:12

      August 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  3. THANKYOUJESUS

    I haven't heard of another man most important and more powerful than JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD! Jesus Christ is so real that he DIVIDED TIME!!! THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOUR ULTIME SACRIFICE!!!!

    August 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  4. NVO

    Psalm 14:1=The FOOL has said in his heart, there is no God.

    Amos 4:12= Prepare to meet your God!

    Romans 3:4= Let God be True and every man a liar.

    John 3:16-18=For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    I would rather live my life believing that there IS a God and to die to find out there isn't, then to live my life NOT believing in God and to die and find out there IS!

    August 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
    • Ruspanic

      Yeah, but how do you know the god you believe in is the right one?

      August 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
    • n. Ridings

      So you only believe because you are afraid of punishment. Wow, sounds typical.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • Bonnie

      You don't have to see to believe. I feel sorry for you people that don't have any hope in y

      August 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  5. TurkeyBurgers

    Just wait until you stone aged third world people catch up to the rest of us. You will have the honor of hearing all about the Mormon "beliefs" and the Scientologist "beliefs" and the Pentecostal "beliefs". If you are crapping out kittens now, just wait till you get a load of this. Fun Fun Fun. I love religion so much.

    August 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  6. nOT Trash

    My fictions real! No, my fiction is real! No mine is!

    Thats it, you must die!!!

    Ah, religion, you are awesome.

    August 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
    • verify

      They are addicted to myth.... myth-heads?

      August 15, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Verify

      myth-heads? LOL

      August 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
    • Matt J.

      You are an ignorant troll. If it wasn't for the triumph of Christianity over all other religions in Europe during the crucial time in history, the whole IDEA of a free society in which you can freely repeat such nonsense would never have even been invented. Instead, we would have some sort of non-Christian religious dictatorship, in which you would be put to death for saying such things.

      August 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
    • verify

      Matt J.

      It the ancient Greek & Roman (and others) philosophies of Rationalism and Empiricism had had armies and warriors, what a different world we would be living in.

      August 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  7. Macdaddy

    There is absolutely no proof that Jesus was even a real person, so how can any tv show represent the life of a fictional person accurately? Don't any of you religious types study history?? Archaeology? Or do you take everything on faith. News flash: if there is only one true religion then all other religions are fake, and their sacred texts are works of fiction by people with good imaginations. If people could write that kind of sci-fi thousands of years ago, who is to say that the Bible, or whatever book you hold sacred, is not also a work of fiction? Sheesh...

    August 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
    • Dustin

      Alright, hold on.. how can you literally sit there and say that there is absolutely no proof that Jesus existed? Are you serious? Have you read up on your history?

      Not only are there 20 early Christian writers outside of the New Testament that wrote of Jesus' existence, but 9 secular historians within 150 years of Jesus' existence that wrote of him. First off, Josephus, a Jewish historian, Tacitus, a Roman historian, Pliny the Younger, a Roman historian, Phlegon, a freed slave that wrote histories, Lucian, a Greek satirist, Celsus, a Roman philosopher, Suetonius, Thallus, and Mara Bar Serapion, a prisoner awaiting execution.

      And not only are there 42 sources confirming the existence of Christ, but there are only 10 sources that confirm the evidence of Tiberius Caesar living.. if your going to tell me that Jesus didn't exist, then please tell me Caesar never existed either. Get your facts straight before you come on here.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Dustin

      There is no eye witness accounts of Jesus. Everyone you mentioned wrote from hearsay. Sorry. Cheers!

      August 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
    • Dustin

      @David

      So your telling me the bible, a historically sound piece of evidence, is false. Please argue your case.

      August 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
    • Kerbelai

      @Dustin
      The bible is not a source of scientific facts. It never has been. If you "purify" your hands with dirty water do you find yourself saying that your sickness is a "sign" from god because you believed that biblical purification did not require clean water?
      You cannot prove that god exists because he will not back you up on that. I cannot prove that a god-like being does not exist anywhere within the multi-dimensional universe. So where is the truth to be found if none can find it?
      As David Johnson would say: Cheers!

      August 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
    • Kerbelai

      @David Johnson
      I like how you say "cheers!" after making a good point, as you can see from my post above. I don't drink much. Even the good stuff I have sitting around tastes horrible.
      But to each his own. And may we all make it past all the BS in the world. Skol!

      August 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm |
    • david b

      Islam is the religion of Satan........... You are all going to hell and there will be no 72 virgins for any of you. I hope you all blow yourselves up playing with bombs and enjoy your dry dusty sandbox that you call home!

      August 16, 2010 at 2:24 am |
    • sonny

      Yes all these historical sources of the existence of Jesus are false and hearsay, non of these historians were alive at the time of the suppose Jesus. Josephus (37-100 C.E.) Tacitus (64-109 C.E.?) Its all hersey........God committed a human sacrifice to save the creatures he created? Mohammed? a murdering rampaging crusader, and god chose him to talk too?

      August 16, 2010 at 3:10 am |
    • Matt J.

      You accuse 'religious types' of not studying history, but evidently you are the one who failed to study history. There IS historical evidence for the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, later known as Jesus Christ. Real historians no longer believe your yarn that there is no evidence.

      August 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  8. Christie

    It is a curious to me that a show would even air with somebody depicting a prophet, which is against Islam. Where are the violent protests from the Muslims and the death threats. Don't forget those......
    Interesting how they don't seem to care so much about this prophet.

    August 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
    • Abdul Aziz

      The violent death threats are coming from the Christians this time

      August 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
    • nOT Trash

      LOL. Same sh1te, different pile.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
    • Al bundy

      This prophet? Islam is the only other religion who believes in the virgin birth and that Jesus is a holy man.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
    • Matt J.

      You did not follow the article. There were Moslems protests too.

      August 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  9. SS Khalsa

    It proves once again that all organized religions are against free speech. Christianity is on the tops of this list again.
    Of course it includes Muslims,Hindus,Sikh etc. which everyone knows. But christianity usually cover itself with false masks of pro-humanity and love bla bla bla...

    August 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
    • S H

      Well said.

      August 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
    • jitenq

      I have no problem with different religions and whether people believe in God or not. But the hatred that many are spreading under the pretext of religion, like the Christian missionaries and the Jihadists... If you guys believe in Jesus or Mohammed then thats ok, but why go after converting other peoples faith or wanting that everyone should believe in only one God!
      There are billions of people and thus each might be seeing God differently and some may not even believe in Gog, and thats perfectly alright. But your insistence that everyone should believe in Jesus or Allah is causing lot of hatred and bloodshed around the world. Believe what you want to, but do not force it onto others, and let the rest of the world live in peace!

      August 16, 2010 at 2:10 am |
    • david b

      Islam is the religion of Satan. You are all going to hell and there will be no 72 virgins for any of you. I hope you all blow yourselves up playing with bombs and enjoy your dry dusty sandbox that you call home!

      August 16, 2010 at 2:22 am |
  10. TruthSeeker

    Seriously, why is this important? BTW anti-religious trolls, this article doesn't mention your kind in this article.

    August 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
    • Kerbelai

      To seek truth is wise. To encourage fools is to partake of their foolishness.
      Why are YOU here?

      August 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
    • nOT Trash

      I prefer, anti-hate and intolerance troll, thanks.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
    • Skeeman

      To seek "truth" requires the tools of healthy skepticism and critical analysis, both of which are sorely lacking in most religious trumpeteers.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • Kerbelai

      @Skeeman
      That trumpeting sound you hear is coming from the other ends of their bodies, I think. It is the most intelligent opinions they can express in the face of reality.

      August 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  11. NVO

    God’s testimony that Jesus is His Son
    • God spoke at Jesus’ baptism: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

    • “While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him’” (Luke 9:34-35).

    • “If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:9-13).

    • Previously, God had spoken to man through His prophets, but then He sent His own Son: “In the past God spoke to our forefathers by the prophets at many times and in various ways. But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son whom He has appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in the heaven” (Hebrews 1:1-3).

    Jesus is the “exact representation” of God. Although one with His Father in essence, Jesus is also distinct in Person as God’s Son. God has revealed Himself as one God manifest in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Even before the world began, Jesus was always with God and was God (John 1:1-2; 17:5). God created all things in the universe through Jesus (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-20).

    Although eternally one with God, Jesus came to earth in the form of man (Philippians 2:5-11). Born to the virgin Mary, Jesus is fully God and fully Man at the same time (The incarnation: Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:14; Romans 1:3-4; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 4:1-3; 5:20).

    Believe in the Son of God
    We must believe God’s Word that Jesus is God’s Son, even though hard to understand. We will die with many hard questions unanswered. But we dare not die without responding to God's promise of judgment and salvation through His Son (John 3:35-36; 5:25-29; Acts 10:38-43; 17:30-31; 1 John 4:14-15).

    As the perfect Son of God, Jesus didn’t deserve the punishment for sin: death (Romans 6:23). But by dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus paid the penalty of sin and broke the power of sin for those who would be in Him (Romans 8:1-3).

    God is calling sinners to turn from their own way to follow the living Lord Jesus in repentance and faith (Luke 24:46-47). We cannot save ourselves. Only those who turn from sin and trust in the Son of God are saved from sin and eternal death.

    “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:16-18).

    August 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
    • Rana

      Why do you give reference to the Bible? Is it a scientific journal? Even a reference from wiki is not accepted in the scholarly articles.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @NVO

      Why are you quoting from the bible? You have no proof it is the word of god. No proof there is a god.

      It is sad that you have no proof for your beliefs. But it is, what it is.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
    • Skeeman

      The circular logic that the Bible is the true word of God because the Bible itself says it is rings hollow. The books of the New Testament were voted on by the council of Nicea in 325 AD under the command of the Roman Emperor Constantine. So was it God's word or Man's word? The same goes or the Quraan and the Torah. If the Muslims (or the Jews for that matter) have a belief of Jesus that differs from the Christian version then why shouldn't they express it openly?

      This is the problem with these "Book" religions. Groups within these faith's take such a literal view that they can't tolerate anothers views. Just like the schizophrenic Abraham who heard voices in his head telling him to kill his own son, so too are the faiths which he propogated, completely mad!

      August 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
    • Jiri

      Go to church and pray for your forgiveness because you are a nutcase. god does not exist – get over it!!

      August 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
    • Matt

      Rana and David, quick question. . .

      Where is your proof that there is no God? Can you prove the beginnings of the universe happened the way you believe? The only difference between a religious person and a scientific person, when it comes to origins of the universe, is faith in a different thing. Admitting that at least makes you honest in your assessment of the views of others.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
    • Rana

      Hello Matt,

      I did not say that there is no God. I just said that quoting bible as a reference to prove something is absurd. If you give reference to prove that Jesus was son of God, then you should also accept that Krishna was the lord who came on earth as a human being which was clearly mentioned in Hindu sacred books even told thousand years before Jesus's birth. Believing in God does not necessarily mean that you need to believe these old erroneous books (Bible, Koran, Torah, Geeta etc) written by the then prudent men mostly in delirium who had the rational and intelligence less then a child in the modern time.

      August 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
    • Jim

      None of what you wrote constitutes evidence for the truth of the Jesus Christ legend. All you quoted was the legend itself. I can also quote from Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Doesn't prove that Captain Nemo actually existed.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
    • Bonnie

      Thank you 🙂 NVO

      August 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  12. David Johnson

    The article says: "Religious tensions are common in Lebanon, with various Christian and Muslim groups vieing for power in the country’s political and social establishments."

    "Religion poisons everything" – C. Hitchens

    August 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
    • Christlover

      "I am the Way,the Truth,and the Life." J. Christ

      August 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
    • Chuck

      Christopher Hitchens is nothing less thatn a self-centered d-bag.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
    • Me

      David Johnson, the Mets can use a new manager.... You should go back to Baseball. You know nothing of what is being discussed here.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Me

      You said, "David Johnson, the Mets can use a new manager.... You should go back to Baseball. You know nothing of what is being discussed here."

      I know all religion is false. There is no god.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
    • Matt J.

      Hitchens was wrong. So are you. The difference is that Hitchens, even if contrary to Evangelical crowing, he has not yet become Christian, he has admitted his overconfidence in his earlier pronouncments - such as the one you repeat here.

      August 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  13. Androloma

    Gods and the prophets they use as tools are but fictions of humankind's primitive past.

    August 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
    • Matt J.

      Oh, really? I don't think so. Rather, I think that YOUR belief here is so characteristic of anti-religious bigots, it is very nearly a watertight proof of YOUR own anti-religious bigotry

      August 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  14. Carlos

    Religion cannot be reasoned with. It is irrationality incarnate. The only time religious people are reasonable is when they are speaking and acting independently of their religion.

    August 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
    • josh

      Thanks for generalizing all people who are religious... Funny that non-religious people are the first to judge.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • Bob U

      Amen Carlos.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
    • Ruspanic

      Of course. Why would anyone expect religion to be logical? That is not its purpose. It is not supposed to be a substitute for or opponent of science (though it is sometimes used that way), it is intended to satisfy peoples' emotional needs. Emotion is not logical.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
    • asrael

      Oh Josh, if only that were true...!

      August 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
    • n. Ridings

      Josh, I suppose right now you are not internally judging any of these comments.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
    • Stay on Target

      There is a valid point...

      both sides of the issue have plenty of attack dogs who are more than willing to jump on straw men rather than reasonably discuss the issue.

      August 16, 2010 at 3:20 am |
  15. Kerbelai

    Lies are terrible things. As to God, will you not define His attributes for us? How can one slander such an entity?

    August 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  16. George

    OFF WITH THEIR HEADS !!

    August 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  17. Natas

    This is so funny to me....these people are pulling a show about the biography of a made up person! Lol this is one of the funniest things I have read this afternoon thanx belief blog! There is no god.

    August 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
    • Steve MacLeod

      Why not do your own investigation ? Start with the gospels. The gospel of Mark and or John is a good start. You may have an open mind or perhaps you are proud that you do not need to know. Read and then decide. Or maybe you should ask the One who came to earth so long ago

      August 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
    • Ruspanic

      I don't care if you're atheist, it is idiocy to deny the existence of Jesus as a historical figure without evidence. What the Bible says about him may well be "made up," as you say, but this shit had to come from somewhere.
      Try to be less of an asshole. You don't have to insult others' beliefs in order to state your own.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
    • Brett

      Steve:
      you're a moron.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
    • MuDdLe

      Ah, well. Not all of us can see through the ruse as readily as you.

      I'm always...uh..."impressed" by the degree of adolescent certitude that is displayed by internet atheists who, more often than not, have spent precious little time in serious reflection upon such matters.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
    • n. Ridings

      Steve, I have read them. Now prove to me that they are factual. I have also read Moby Dick.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Steve MacLeod

      I just read Mathew and Luke. Why does each give a different genealogy of Jesus?

      August 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
    • Christlover

      natas-satan spelled backword-you're soooo clever-and ignorant-Jesus is not a made up person-He is an historical reality my deceived friend.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
    • Matt

      Natas, whether you believe the details of his life is completely up to you but both secular and religious historians do not debate that Jesus was a real person, hardly fictional.

      In fact, Jesus of Nazareth (aka Jesus the Christ) is referenced more than any other historical figure of the time. Jesus of Nazareth is mentioned in two passages of the work The Antiquities of the Jews by the Jewish historian Josephus, written in the late first century AD. Josephus is considered the pre-eminent historian of first century and, being Jewish, had every reason to discount Jesus if he did not really live.

      Again, believe what you will about *who* he is, but debating whether he was real does not display a firm grasp of historical evidence.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
    • Kerbelai

      @Matt
      You do not seem to have all that firm a grasp on reality yourself.
      Historical accuracy is not defined by hearsay and second-hand guesses. It is defined by actual scientific rules of evidence.
      Here's a suggestion: build a time machine and don't forget to take a videocamera with you. Don't leave any evidence behind, either, as this would confuse you.

      August 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
    • Natas

      lol thanx for all the super replies....there is no god, was never any jesus and every one of you religious belief will not save you from death. Some day in the future you will die and none of your fables will save you. Give up on your crusade to confuse people from the truth, live your life like it will end tomorrow....what ever that means is what ever it means to you. There is no god!

      August 16, 2010 at 12:50 am |
    • wolfen

      Kerbelai: So you don't believe anything historical? If it didn't happen right in front of your own eyes, it didn't exist, right? George Washington, Lincoln, Henry the VIII, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Caesar, Alexander, Plato - None of these guys existed? What a crock.

      August 16, 2010 at 1:05 am |
    • Matt J.

      "Made up person"? You are the one without a clue, here. Serious historians gave up on this theory decades ago. They all now admit that the historical evidence weighs heavily in favor of the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, the same Jesus (it was a common name) whom Christians believe is the unique Theanthropos, consubstantial to God the Father with respect to his divinity, consubstantial to us in his humanity.

      August 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  18. Nonimus

    "Some Sunni Muslims also objected to the Iranian series because it showed someone playing the role of Jesus; Most Sunnis prohibit representation of prophets."

    Interesting!

    August 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Didn't I hear someone say the part of Jesus was played by Lady GaGa? Now that does seem like a stretch. Her career has really taken off...

      August 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
    • Cyrus

      Not sure why do you find it "interesting". After Prophet Mohammed, Jesus Christ is considered as one of the holiest of holies, a prophet who, with divine gift, performed miracles. Quran actually has several surah's on Jesus Christ, his miracles, and most importantly, about Mary. Or did you think that Muslims only care about Mohammed?

      Quran requires that every Muslim, whether Sunni or Shiite or Sufi or otherwise, must believe in all previous prophets and their scriptures. That is actually a foundation of Muslim faith, and Quran says one who doesn't believe in those who came before Mohammed is no Muslim at all.

      Food for thought.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  19. Alain

    Perhaps its common in America to slander God for fun, just ask the freak GaGa. We, in Lebanon however refuse any show, Iranian or otherwise from spreading lies about the the Son Of God. the show should not have been pulled off the air because it never should have been on it the first place.

    August 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
    • Kerbelai

      Who is this "Son of God" and how can you prove it? If you cannot prove it then maybe it is a lie.

      August 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Kerbelai

      You said, "Who is this "Son of God" and how can you prove it? If you cannot prove it then maybe it is a lie."

      Yep, probably it is a lie. But it's no more of a lie than the "Mohamad ascended into heaven on a winged horse" story.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
    • David Johnson

      We are fortunate in the U.S. We enjoy free speach. Can you slander that which does not exist? Cheers!

      August 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
    • GABRIEL

      THANK YOU.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
    • GABRIEL

      THANK YOU, ALAIN.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
    • Kerbelai

      To put religious lies in their place, you must speak without lying yourself.
      If you cannot prove that something is a lie or a true speaking, you show your ignorance and can be labeled a fool.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
    • esnufnstl@aol.com

      No, in America religion/God/gods/etc. are very infrequently slandered 'for fun.' We are not Europeans. However, in the US there is a right to free speech. Those insecure about their beliefs would not do well here.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
    • nOT Trash

      This whole argument is the problem with religion in a nutshell. Religion promotes intolerance by its very nature.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • josh

      The whole base of religion is tolerance (at least Christians). Notice that we are not the ones judging you. You sit on your computer at home and spew you critiques of our beliefs and call us stupid and intolerant. Maybe you should look in the mirror. Despite this I love you as I love my neighbor...

      August 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
    • Dale56

      @Alain If you agree with this censorship and feel it appropriate don't ever go to Canada. They have a weekly situation COMEDY entitled "Little Mosque on the Prairie" on their national tv network CBC. Yes that's right, a comedy that revolves around Islam. That might just make your head explode............as well as many others.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
    • A1

      Arab Christians are the worst...

      Lol, God can have a son now ? And who's his wife ? Mother Theresa ?

      Your religion is baseless and doesn't make any sense.

      August 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
    • Acroyear

      How the heck to you slander someone who is imaginary?

      August 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
    • Jiri

      The problem with the middle east is that religions rules everybodys life. This whole god thing is nothing more
      than a guess by insecure people and it is the real cause of all the conflicts on this planet. Who really knows what
      happens when we die – nobody. 72 virgins is a nice touch but lets get real!!

      August 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
    • n. Ridings

      Alain, I suspect you use your religion to act like an intolerant bigot. Please prove to me your fairy tale book was written divinely.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • Skeeman

      Presenting an alternative view on a religious figure is not in itself slander. It may bristle at your sensitivities, but that only exposes the shallowness of your faith.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
    • Alain

      Please, free to do what? you do not "enjoy" anything; Sure, you're "free" to make fun of God but when it comes to other things how free exactly are you?? just try for example slandering "israel" in the US automatically you'll be labeled an antisemte, lose friends, you're job and possibly a carrier in politics, so please enjoy your GaGa and south park just like the little sheeple that you are wanted to be. Free speech is different than insolence. your freedom stops when other people's freedom begins. Muslims in Lebanon are free to celebrate their prophet but when it comes to Christ they have to remember Christian freedoms too which is why most muslims actually condemned the Iranian Bopic and this is exactly how things should be in a half christian half muslim country.

      August 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
    • Jim

      You have no way of knowing if the Muslim view represented by the program was a lie or not. All you have is Belief and faith, neither of which demonstrates truth or lie.

      August 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
    • Alain

      Let me explain this in way that even americans understand.
      If a movie were to slander Muhammed and make fun of him I would condemn it, not because i believe in muhammed but because i respect ( probably an alien word in america, you might wanna look it up ) the beliefs of half my countries population who believe muhammed is a prophet. Muslims would do the same thing and that does not retract from freedom of speech.
      It's interesting however that americans are preaching tolerance, just let me know how the planned quran burning in Florida works out, then maybe we can discuss why the evil world hates america.

      August 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
    • Jim

      Actually, Alain, what you suggest DOES interfere with free speech, if the condemnation results in the speaker not being able to speak, which seems to be the case here. I'm all for speaking out about speech you don't agree with. I have no problem with the Christians or Muslims stating that the show is insensitive, blasphemous, or any other adjective they wish to employ. I have no problems with Christians and Muslims boycotting the show and/or its sponsors. The problem is when they cause the speech to be silenced, just because they don't like it.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
    • marky

      A1, how dare you ridicule someone's faith, just because you don't agree with it? You re an example of pathetic idiocy and the height of intolerance. What a jerk!

      August 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
    • CNB

      Jim – nice to see a thoughtful comment here. Sadly rare, but nice.

      August 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
    • George

      My, my, my. Challenges from all sides as to who is right or who is wrong. Pointless at best. Neither side can prove anything one way or the other. Getting upset over what? All that matters is what you yourself believe. What happens when you are gone hopefully doesn't disasppoint you. Differences of belief should not make a difference in how you treat a fellow human being. Which is why most wise people refuse to talk religeon or politics.

      August 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
    • Christopher

      Thanks for your comments Alain. Although most Americans have rejected Jesus, it is good to see others in the world accept and follow him. The proof is in the pudding! A few more years of rejecting him, and we'll trade places spiritually and economically with many countries. God bless those of you that are persecuted because of loving him (even if it's "prove it" remarks).

      August 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
    • Bob

      Now if only the religion of the 7th century pedophile were to have the truth about it properly given to the Mohammedians...

      August 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
    • A1

      marky: It's really simple, I just do it. By the way, God didn't procreate and wasn't procreated. Hence the "baseless" remark that infuriated you (to my pleasure).

      August 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
    • Dana

      Alain, do you understand what Islam has to say about Jesus? They consider him a very important prophet, but not the Messiah nor the son of God. So you see, they would say that you instead are the one whom is spreading lies about Jesus. So pretend that you are an outsider for a moment whom bears witness to a theological argument. You watch as one side claims that a very important figure from their holy book has certain attributes. Then, you watch as another side claims that this same character possesses quite different attributes, but on the merit of THEIR holy book. As an outsider, what conclusion do you draw? Well, as an outsider myself, I don't see how one side over the other could have any greater legitimacy if they both cite their own version of God's "immutable" divine word. In the end, tolerance would appear to be the only meaningful solution.

      August 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
    • ILoveGod

      Wow, I feel so sorry for all you non-believers. Because in the end it may be too late. God Bless.

      August 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
    • jimmy k

      Josh: Christians? tolerance? are you kidding? Maybe in the beginning, because that's something that Christ certainly taught, but not today. Today's version of christianity is anything but tolerant. Think crusades, inquisitions, and the hatred that is constantly spilling out of "christian" mouths today. The religion has lost its roots, it is a shell.

      August 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
    • iqbalaj

      to davin Johnson....Muhammad (infitnite peace & blessing be Upon Him) ascention to heaven is mentioned directly in the Koran in Chapters titled 'Chapter Bani Israel" and "Chapter Najam" ... Koran is the authentic source for the muslims whose authenticity noone has been able to challenge ... The Blessed Jesus (peace be with Him), son of the Blessed Mary (peace be with Her), was a Prophet of God whose return is mentioned in the Koran.

      August 16, 2010 at 12:16 am |
    • P54

      Archaeologists and scientists can only confirm the accounts of the Bible. Can you prove there is a God. Yes, by the very nature. Nothing comes into being by itself and everything that is, the visible and the invisible was created by Him. Do we understand God? No, because we are limited by our humanness. Not only is God the Creator, He revealed Himself on earth some 2000 years ago as the Lord Jesus Christ. He was placed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of virgin Mary, who served as an "incubator". He was without the sin nature, and when tempted by the devil did not sin. Through Him we too can have victory over sin. He voluntarily gave His life to die for our sins, and rose from the dead to prove He has victory over death. Those that believe in Him for salvation He gives eternal life. He went back to heaven and gives the new birth to believers, that way believers "know" because they have experienced His resurrection power. Who is He? He is from everlasting to everlasting, before the world were created He was and everything were created by Him and for Him. He was in the beginning, He was the Word of God that was with God and was God and He became flesh. His name is Jesus and there is no other name under heaven given that can give us salvation. Hence Christ or Messiah which means savior. He said of Himself "he that has seen me has seen (God) the Father. He is the only one we can go through to the Father, for salvation and eternal life. Do we understand this? No. Jesus said blessed are you that have not seen, but believe. Have faith in His word and you will experience Him. Mohammad and all other man made gods have all died and they did not rise from death. They were all created, however The Lord Jesus Christ was God come in flesh. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. We don;t understand, otherwise we would be like God. We are not. Jesus tells us to BELIEVE in Him. Mohammad and other religious figures leads to bondage and spiritual darkness. They can not save, heal or give eternal life. If a movie depicts Jesus as a prophet only and not God come in flesh it is deceiving people. If Mohammad is elevated as greater than Jesus it is a lie and then that the movie comes from Iran makes sense. The courage of Christians to stand up for the truth in these persecuted countries far exceed the commitment of Christian in the western world.

      August 16, 2010 at 12:18 am |
    • therealbluenote

      If you believe in Jesus Christ, or Mohammed... If you believe that there is some All-Knowing Being watching you, and deciding your fate... If you believe in Eternal Life in Heaven with God, or that you will be granted 72 Virgins, in many cases for killing what your fictional book describes as infidels, then I see no reason whatsoever why I shouldn't start worshipping Jack from the Shining. After all, he sacrificed his family, and gave his life sanity, and in the end, his life, to save an old hotel. That hotel is representative of my soul, and yours. The two little girls in the hallway? The are representative of Good and Evil. The tricycle is a metaphor for how easy it is to spread whatever word you choose to spread. And the Bartender? Well, he just made a real interesting character in the story, like Jesus, and Mo. Go ahead, judge me all you want for not believing what you do... But I'll say the same thing to your face that I do here. I DO respect people and their beliefs, but not when they try to sell me that theirs is the only one that matters. Besides, if any one of these religions were based on any kind of fact, then all religions would have a lot more similarities, and a lot less differences between them. Oh, a final thought... Interesting to learn that every single piece of Christianity is based on Astrology, and the Horoscope. You know, in the Chinese one, I'm a Sheep, apparently stained by General Tsaos' Chicken sauce. lol. You guys have a great night, and let me know how this whole argument works out for ya. 🙂

      August 16, 2010 at 12:44 am |
    • Rico

      you don't spread lies about the son of god? Never mind that he's not even real eh?

      August 16, 2010 at 2:10 am |
    • david b

      Islam is the religion of Satan. You are all going to hell and there will be no 72 virgins for any of you. I hope you all blow yourselves up playing with bombs and enjoy your dry dusty piece of sand that you call home!

      August 16, 2010 at 2:13 am |
    • Acroyear

      @ILoveGod "Wow, I feel so sorry for all you non-believers. Because in the end it may be too late. God Bless."

      If I'm wrong, and your god is real and I'm sent to hell, I'm marching straight up to Lucifer and asking him where I sign up! At the very best, your god has allowed hundreds of millions of innocent people to be butchered in his name, no matter what that name might be. At worst, he's a psycopathic lunatic who rejoices in untold suffering and wades in buckets of human blood.

      Nothing THAT evil deserves my respect, let alone my worship!

      August 16, 2010 at 10:58 am |
    • JesusStands

      I am sad that most of your perceptions of Christians/Christianity/Jesus is so negative. I am sorry that you had such bad experiences involving Christians- you deserve better than that. But please understand that not all Christians are hypocrits or misrepresent Christ. The same as we should not allow the 9/11 terrorists to be our representation of all Muslims. I know there are many Mulsims who promote peace, not hate. Some of you condemn Christians for intolerance of others yet you are ironically committing the same intolerance against Christians. If we are wrong, then you have nothing to worry about and no need to disprove us...unless you believe there's a chance we're right.

      Jesus/God is all about love. In fact, the bible says God IS love. He is all knowing and always has a perfect plan for everyone's life- whether you believe it or not. Our tendency, even mine sometimes, is to feel that God has failed us when He doesn't do what we think is best for us. We read the Bible and see the death God allowed as a bad thing when in fact every death had a purpose. When people where killed it was to protect God's people from turning away from Him. It was/is out of His love and grace and mercy that He did/does all things. The Bible says He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. How can he BE love, have a perfect plan for our lives, and work all things together for our good if he is hateful?

      As for not being real- all I can say is that we base our relationship on Him in faith, not being able to prove anything. If we could prove it, we wouldn't need faith. The bible says that we will be shown signs, miracles, and wonders, but that it is better to believe without seeing because that is true faith. If you need Him to show you proof of His love though just ask Him. He says to test Him, to ask and you will receive. He knows what you need. He knows who you are and what is going on in your life. He is real, but you can only know when you ask Him to show you how real He is. He says, "Draw near to me and I will draw near to you." Know that Jesus loves you. Know that faith can (literally) move mountains. Know that you are capable of receiving God's love and showing it to other people. Find a sound church, get plugged in, and learn how good His grace is. I hope this touches your hearts and spirits.

      August 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  20. Hah

    So to soothe the ruffled feathers of people who take their TV shows too seriously, the show had to be pulled, people had to be called personally by the "Lebanese Information Minister", and the infamous Catholic Church shows its infamous "intolerance" once again.
    "Smell what you're shovelin'" should be the name of the game in religious "controversy".

    August 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
    • Kay

      Good for the Christians there! I applaud their courage for defending the Divinity of Christ. They did the right thing!

      August 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
    • Oscar

      Obviously you don't have any idea what you are talking about. I will pray for you, so God gives you some wisdom.

      August 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
      • DMX

        God spelled backwards is ?

        August 16, 2010 at 12:15 am |
    • Joe

      First of all, it's not the Catholic church. Its the Maronite church. Also, are you Lebanese? Do you know what is going on in Lebanon? How about if another TV station broadcast something that the Muslims consider unacceptable? Do you know what would happen? Before you criticize, do your research, Hah....

      August 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
      • Matt J.

        Practice what you preach: if you had done your research, you would have known that the Maronite Church IS Catholic, having been in full communion with Rome now for quite some time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maronite_Church

        August 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
    • nonimouse

      Here here, once again the utter hypocrisy of Christians rears its butt ugly head.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
      • Matt J.

        The only hypocrisy I see in these posts meeting that descriptions is YOURS, the hypocrisy of the ignorant, prejudiced, anti-religious bigot and troll.

        August 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
    • publius enigma

      Kay, its not really up to christians to defend God. Pretty arrogant to think that they could actually. If God needs any defending Im sure he can handle it himself just fine.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
    • marky

      It's amazing that Christians are considered to be so "out of line" to stand up and say they will no longer tolerate Muslims portraying Jesus as other than who He is, the Son of God. Lebanese Christians have enough to deal with on a daily basis without Iranians bringing in a series ridiculing their basic beliefs. When Christians do not stand up for what is truth, they are soon eliminated by the Muslims–so much for tolerance. God does not "need" our defense, but it is right for us to stand for what we believe, We have been lukewarm long enough, and we should be willing to speak up for what is right.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm |
      • Carlos

        That's right, marky. Stand for what you believe. Nevermind that what you say you believe has no basis in reality. Just drink the Koolaid, get in formation, spout a bunch of nonsense, and be proud of it. Let those silly Muslims know your sky fairy can beat up their sky fairy.

        August 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm |
        • DMX

          lol, I like that Carlos! Great post!

          August 16, 2010 at 12:16 am |
      • Nose4sure

        Marky – You are correct in your statement. With much love, we must stand up for what is real – Christ. Many of those that have posted their unbeliefs will see the truth in due time, some sooner than others. We must continue to pray for them, as they too are God's children. The proof that some seek, and in some cases demand, has already been displayed to them. However, they are not yet ready to accept it. Thank you for your comment and may God bless you.

        August 15, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
    • DJR

      Joe, Maronites are Catholic. The Maronite Rite is one of the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church. They are in communion with the Church of Rome and with Pope Benedict XVI.

      August 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
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